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Saving lives at sea since 1862
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#RespectTheWater  - UK coastal fatality figures: Over half didn’t even plan to enter the water. Coastal fatality figures released today by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution show 163 people lost their lives at the UK coast last year – but over half (58%) didn’t even set out to enter the water.

The number of near-misses was even higher, with the RNLI’s UK lifeboat crews and lifeguards saving 460 lives in 2014.

The figures are revealed as the RNLI launches its 2015 national drowning prevention campaign, Respect the Water, reminding people that our coastlines and waters can be dangerously unpredictable. The charity is releasing two hard-hitting campaign films, which will be shown in cinemas across the UK and Ireland from 10th July.

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Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat volunteers have been put through their paces in a training exercise with one of the new Sikorsky search and rescue helicopters which are taking over from the RAF.

From April, the familiar yellow Sea King, based at RAF Boulmer, will no longer be used by the Coastguard for search-and-rescue missions at sea.

It is being succeeded by the red and white HM Coastguard-liveried Sikorsky S-92, operated by Bristow Search and Rescue, who have been awarded the contract to operate the service for 10 years.

Ahead of the switch, a Sikorsky flew on Sunday from its Humberside base to the Tyne for an exercise to enable the aircrew and volunteer crews of Tynemouth RNLI inshore and all weather lifeboats to familiarise themselves with any new working techniques.

The Sikorsky S-92 is a larger aircraft, generating a more powerful downdraft from its rotor-blades.

The RNLI and Coastguard aircrew practised landing the winchman from the helicopter to the lifeboats, and a stretcher from the all weather lifeboat to the helicopter.

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Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat rescues… ship’s lifeboat.

A ship’s lifeboat was rescued today by Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat after the vessel developed engine failure during a training exercise.

The RNLI lifeboat crew had already launched and were preparing to carry out an exercise with a new Coastguard rescue helicopter when they were requested at 10:30am by Humber Coastguard to assist the lifeboat of the Dive Support Vessel Mermaid Enquirer which was moored at Bede Quay, Jarrow.

RNLI Helm and Deputy Coxswain sporting his DSV Mermaid Enquirer shirt
RNLI Helm and Deputy Coxswain sporting his DSV Mermaid Enquirer shirt

Arriving on scene the lifeboat crew discovered the lifeboat drifting several hundred yards from the ship. They quickly attached a tow and took it and its three occupants back to the ship where it was  hoisted from the water.

As a thank-you for their efforts the ship’s crew rewarded the four lifeboat volunteers with polo shirts embroidered with the DSV Mermaid Enquirer logo.

The lifeboat crew then travelled out of the water to carry out the helicopter exercise.

http://www.tynemouth-lifeboat.org/tynemouth-rnli-lifeboat-rescues-ships-lifeboat/
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RNLI Calls For Mayday Volunteer.

The #RNLI is issuing its own call for help, appealing for volunteers and fundraisers to get involved with ‘Mayday’, the charity’s new national fundraising event which will take place from 1–4 May this year.

Street collections and fundraising events will be taking place across the north of England. The charity is calling on people to show their support – either by volunteering to help with collections and events, or by taking part in a fundraising activity, all in aid of the RNLI.

This is the first time the charity’s Mayday campaign has been run nationally in the UK, following its success in Ireland and a trial in Liverpool last year. It will launch on Friday 1 May and run in the UK and Ireland across the four-day May Day bank holiday weekend.

Most of the events will have a ‘welly’ theme, in a nod to the yellow wellies – an essential piece of kit – worn by the charity’s volunteer lifeboat crew members. Welly walks and welly-themed cake sales are just two examples of the events that will be taking place. The charity estimates it will need around 1,100 volunteers to help run the events that will be happening across the UK and Ireland.

Last year, RNLI lifeboat crews launched 8,462 times, rescuing 8,727 people and saving 368 lives. They are on-call 24/7, every day of the year, ready to respond emergencies at sea.

Michael Charlton, RNLI Area Manager, says:

‘The RNLI’s dedicated volunteer lifeboat crews are always ready to respond to the Mayday calls of those in distress at sea. We’re now hoping people will respond to our call, by volunteering a bit of their time to help with some of the collections and events we have planned for the four days spanning the May Day bank holiday weekend, or by taking part in a fundraising activity.

‘RNLI lifeboat crews are volunteers, who are willing to give up their time and put their own lives at risk to rescue those in danger around our coastline. We hope people will get behind us and show their support. We have some fun events planned, so hopefully people will enjoy themselves while also doing their bit to support this lifesaving charity.’

All money raised through Mayday fundraising events will support the RNLI’s lifesaving work – it could be used to fund crew training, buy new crew kit, or contribute towards the running costs of a lifeboat station.

Anyone interested in getting involved can see what is going on in their area and sign up at www.rnli.org/Mayday, or contact the RNLI Community Support Team on 0300 300 9902 /  fundraising@rnli.org.uk

#mayday   #sar  
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Cabin Cruiser towed to safety by Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat.

A CABIN cruiser was towed to safety by Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat this afternoon after the vessel’s engine failed, leaving the sole occupant stranded.

Humber Coastguard requested the launch of the lifeboat at 14:54 after the skipper of the 7m boat called for help, reporting his position as approximately half a mile off South Shields.

The lifeboat and volunteer crew launched just 6 minutes after being paged and travelled at maximum speed out of the Tyne piers to the casualty vessel’s location.

A CABIN cruiser was towed to safety by Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat this afternoon after the vessel's engine failed, leaving the sole occupant stranded.The boat was quickly found and a tow rope attached. One lifeboat crew member was put on board the boat which was then towed to safety at Royal Quays marina.

The lifeboat then returned to station arriving at 16:00.

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Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat on exercise between Blyth and Tynemouth 04 Jan 2015
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